With the rewards of viewing so close at hand, the good news is that if you like movies, you will surely discover something to like at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Our filmmakers are independent, one-of-a-kind artists, and venues like the AAFF are the only place to see their unique works. While we do show familiar genres such as narrative, animation, drama, comedy, thriller, documentary, our movies extend the language of cinema beyond the mainstream and commercial forms that we all know so well.

AAFF films can challenge our notions of traditional storytelling and demonstrate a wide variety of points of view, techniques, and aesthetics. So if you are interested in alternative attitudes, uncommon opinions or unusual perspectives, then our Festival is for you.

Be sure to celebrate with us at the Opening Night Reception on Tuesday, March 21 with food, drinks, and the first screening of the Festival. There are 40 different film programs planned for Festival week at the Michigan Theater. This includes programs of short films as well as feature films in competition, and a selection of special programs. (Read more on our blog here.)

Then check out our Off the Screen! series of installations, performances, and salons which round out the Festival-week screenings. Join us for expanded cinema offerings at the Ann Arbor Art Center, and other downtown sites, educational sessions at University of Michigan North Quad and live cinema performances on the Main Stage and at our after parties.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival has been around for over 50 years, fascinating, challenging, enchanting, even appalling and often surprising tens of thousands of viewers - some who have been attending for decades. The AAFF is a highlight of Michigan's cultural year. The uninitiated owe it to themselves to sample its offerings. The entry cost is minimal. The benefits could be life-changing.

The 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival runs from March 21 to March 26, and the majority of screenings will take place at the Michigan Theater (603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) with additional events and exhibitions at other venues around downtown Ann Arbor.

Tickets & Passes will be available for purchase on our website on March 1st. 
Stay tuned for information about our pop-up ticket booth on 4th Avenue in downtown Ann Arbor, opening at the same time.

Festival Pass: a simple cost-effective way to experience the entire Festival.  It provides access to all screenings and events including the general Opening Night Party & Screening (March 21), as well as free entrance to all after parties throughout the festival.
$100 General Admission
$85 Students / Seniors / AAFF Members

Weekend Festival Pass: provides access to all screenings and events from Friday through Sunday including award-winners’ shows.
$60 General Admission
$50 Students / Seniors / AAFF Members

Tickets for screenings
unless otherwise noted
$12 General Admission
$8 Students / Seniors / AAFF Members
$6 General Admissions for All Ages and Music Video Programs

Opening Night Reception & Screening
$50 General Admission
$40 Students / Seniors
$40 AAFF Members / Michigan Theater Members
$12 Screening Only
$150 Fundraiser, Reception & Screening

Ways to Get Involved:
Volunteer Opportunities

Featured Filmmakers:
Check back here for a list of filmmakers attending the Festival in the coming weeks.

-Ruth Bradley was the director of Ohio University’s Athens Center for Film and Video, executive director of the Athena Cinema, and served as director for Athens International Film and Video Festival for 28 years. Ruth was the director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival from 1982 to 1988.

-Mary Magsman has been the curator of the Aurora Picture Show, a recognized center for film and video art in Houston, Texas for the past eight years. Mary focuses on the points where art, film and community unite through collaboration and experimentation. She has curated over 200 programs including film screenings, live cinema performances and installations.

-Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980. Jay has been a recipient of Guggenheim, USA Artists, and Rockefeller fellowships. Originally from New York, Jay has lived in San Francisco for many years. He is currently the program director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

We will announce our full program by March 1st. Check back here for more information.

Calendar of Events Leading Up to the Festival:
February 4, 2017 - Leon Loft DVD Release Party
February 28, 2017 - Sneak Preview (By invitation only. Become a 16mm or above member today to receive your invitation!)
March 10, 2017 - Ann Arbor Art Center Opening

54th Tour Stops

There are two parking structures close to the Michigan Theater. The Republic Parking System on Maynard and the Liberty Square Parking Structure off of E. Washington. There is also metered parking all around downtown Ann Arbor.

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***Check back frequently for update on the Festival***